The Nation: Menu for P.O.W.s

Fads in food and fashion often reflect far less frivolous concerns, sometimes tastelessly, as with the craze for uniforms formerly belonging to G.I.s that swept Europe last year, and sometimes innocently, as with the current Sinomania attending the President's upcoming trip to China. More thought-provoking was a recent front-page article in the Washington Post's food section titled "Freeze-Dried Foods—Perfect for P.O.W.s."

Freeze-dried foods, the article chattily advises, should be bought by families of prisoners of war because they are tasty, nutritious and often weigh 90% less than their canned counterparts—an important plus, since Hanoi imposes a 6.6-lb. limit on gift boxes, which...

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